Uranium mining in Qld: govt ready to hit button

URANIUM mining in Queensland will operate under a world's best practice framework, according to the State Government, which has announced it is ready to accept business tenders.

Employee safety and environmental considerations will encompass the framework, which has taken 18 months to put in place.

Mining Minister Andrew Cripps said it had been a rigorous process to put the framework in place since the decision was made to re-commence uranium mining in 2012.

"This government took a considered and progressive approach to the recommencement of this industry," he said.

"We took the following 18 months to … ensure that when this industry does recommence in this state it does so under a world's best practice, modern 21st century framework both in terms of the conditions in which employees will work on these sites and also in terms of the protection of the environment."

He said the uranium implementation committee visited other jurisdictions in Australia which had been undertaking uranium mining in recent decades, including the Northern Territory and South Australia.

"Western Australia commenced uranium mining even more recently and we consulted and discussed the arrangements that those jurisdictions have in place for uranium mining in those states and territories," he said.

Mr Cripps said he was in Cloncurry last week to announce the government was ready to take applications and also announce a competitive tender process for rare earths on the former Mary Kathleen mine site.